Handsome, charmed PI Lance White (Tom Selleck) may speak lines that sound like they're from a 1940s B movie, but everyone is so attracted to him they hang on his every word. That is, everyone except ...
James Garner stars as the offbeat Jim Rockford, an ex-con-turned-private-investigator who would rather fish than fight but whose instinct on closed cases is more golden than his classic Pontiac Firebird. From his mobile home in Malibu, this wisecracking private eye takes you on the cases of the lost and the dispossessed, chasing down seemingly long-dead clues in the sun-baked streets and seamy alleys of Los Angeles.
The character of Richie (Dennis Dugan) first appeared on a ninety-minute made-for-television movie, intended to be a pilot, Richie Brockelman: The Missing 24 Hours (1976). The pilot was not entirely successful, but NBC was still interested in the character and possibilities for a show based on him, so the character of Brockelman was re-introduced in 1978 on this show. This show's appearance led to the short-lived summer series Richie Brockelman, Private Eye (1978), which ran for six episodes, but was not renewed. Other than Dugan, the only actor to make an appearance on this show and Richie Brockelman, Private Eye (1978) was Robert Hogan, who portrayed Sergeant Ted Coopersmith, who appeared once on this show, and in all six episodes of the Brockelman series. One other character appeared on this show and the Brockelman series, Mr. Brockelman, Richie's father, but was portrayed by a different actor in each series. See more »
Throughout the series Rockford's trailer, parked in a parking lot, has electricity and running water, yet there is no evidence of a power line or plumbing attached to the unit. What's more,it often changed position, alternating with it sometimes being parked parallel to the beach and sometimes perpendicular to it. See more »
I am a good judge of people, and that is a fine young man, with a remarkable character.
No doubt about it, Lance is perfect. It's his only flaw.
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The message left on the answering machine at the opening credits changes from episode to episode, usually as some kind of gag. Occasionally it dealt with some part of the forthcoming story. Frequently the voice was of supporting actors on the show, either as themselves or as a completely unrelated character. See more »
I recall seeing one of the first episodes when it aired in October '74, and not being that impressed. In the end, I was hooked on this gentle but deceptively captivating series. It sums up what is best about episodic television when a good cast, writers and production crew gets together. Garner is perfect for the role doing his "everyman" schtick. His comedic ability is also put to very good use (the later episodes with "Lance White" - Tom Selleck - are just soo funny, as Garner is always left eating dust!). The supporting roles are also extremely well filled. Simply extremely good television that everyone involved can feel proud of.
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